October is Spooky Drawing month at the Berndt Taost Gang, the Long Island chapter of the National Cartoonists Society. Everyone brings in a drawing on a Halloween theme. This is mine for 2015. Click on the image for a larger view.
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My good friend and fellow Society of Illustrators/Berndt Toast Gang member, Jeff Fisher, passed away suddenly late last year. Gallery North in Setauket is hosting a posthumous one man show of his work. Come on out on Friday March 27th, from 5-7 p.m. for the opening reception. The show runs through April 17th.
Jeff’s work appeared in many books and publications. Here’s a chance to purchase an original of Jeff’s while supporting the gallery. Some of the funds raised will go towards naming the new printmaking facility in the Community Art center in honor of Jeff.
Members of the Berndt Toast Gang have also graciously donated original art for sale to help sponsor the new facility.
90 North Country Rd
Setauket, NY 11733
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It’s been an extraordinarily busy year. No time for a vacation other than the annual Reuben Awards. This year that meant a trip to Pittsburgh. Published a short children’s story to iBooks and Amazon (for Kindle) and expanded the Triumph Italia website. Now it’s time to turn my attention to updating my other sites. There’s an old saying, “Plumbers have the leakiest pipes!” Web developers have the oldest websites . . .
Here’s a rough for a book illustration and the final art. This is a spot illustration for “Max Gravity Goes to the Moon . . . and brings his little sister.” The rough is in pencil with a quick overlay of some color. The final is a mix of pencil and Dr. Martin’s watercolor dyes.
I’ve been lucky enough to have called Creig Flessel, a cartoonist whose work dates back to comics “Golden Age,” a good friend. Creig was the first person I met when I joined the Berndt Toast Gang. His talent was truly incredible and he was a kind and wonderful friend. The members of the group adored him so much to have deemed him the “Infallible Creig Flessel.” His professional work spanned over 70 years. From “The Sandman” in Adventure Comics, to the David Crane comic strip, and even Baron von Furstinbed for Playboy. Creig passed away at 96 in 2008.
In honor of what would have been his 100th birthday on February 2nd, the Berndt Toast Gang is sponsoring a display of his work at the Art league of Long Island now through January 30th. Some pieces have never been publicly displayed before.
On January 27th, the Gang will be at the Art league for a closing reception displaying our work and drawings of Creig and his characters.
Every Christmas I paint a tie to wear at the various cartoon related holiday parties I attend. It’s always a mad rush and I’m usually hoping it’s dry as I tie it. This time around, I practically had to hang it out the car window on the way to the Society of Illustrators party in Manhattan.
I’m donating a piece of work from one of my books, “Magnets,” to an auction in Ireland. This is to assist a Russian artist who is married to an Irishman and living in Dublin. She was viciously attacked by a burglar and the attacker cut off most of the fingers from her drawing hand. You can read about her here in the Irish Times. The doctors were able to reattach her middle finger but not the others. Adams Blackrock auction house is setting up an auction to raise some money to help with her rehabilitation.
This is the piece I’m donating along with a signed copy of the book (click for a large image):
The famed illustrator, author, architect, and even food editor (for Playboy) was back in New York after a long absence to promote the re-publication of many of his books by Phaidon Press. My daughter and I spent last Thursday evening at the Society of Illustrators listening to Tomi and the great, Jules Feiffer, talking, joking and reminiscing about their shared time in New York in the Sixties and Seventies. Tomi also spoke about his farm in Nova Scotia and the reality of raising animals. On my way home, I was flipping through one of my sketchbooks and found a drawing I thought fit perfectly with Tomi’s farm stories. On Saturday, I headed down to Phaidon’s bookstore on Wooster Street, where Tomi did a short drawing session to the delight of the children (and grown-up children) in the audience. Afterwards, Tomi spent some time signing books including two for me. His great children’s book, “The Three Robbers” and his recollections of the years he and his wife spent on their farm in Nova Scotia.
After Tomi’s talk, I handed the sketch to his daughter but at the same moment he came by and she kindly said to give it to him personally. He was very nice, with a “but you are a professional illustrator.” Later he signed my book for me and gave a rousing handshake.
You still have a chance to meet Tomi before he heads back to Europe. He’ll be in Amherst (Massachussetts) for a book signing celebrating the opening of Tomi Ungerer: Chronicler of the Absurd at Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, located 125 West Bay Road on June 19 (1 PM). It’s free with museum admission.
Here’s Tomi sketching and then the sketch I gave to him (also used on this blog long ago).